Tsunami TSAWESS 1102M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod

Tsunami TSAWESS 1102M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod

Price: $219.99
Model
TD Code
TypeLengthPiecesPowerLine
Weight
Lure
Weight
Price
TSAWESS-1102M
TSU-0195
Spinning11'2Medium--$219.99 USD
Surfcasting is usually a distance game with longer casts often required to reach prime territory. The Tsunami Elite Series surf rod selection has been designed to achieve maximum distance performance with the least amount of physical effort ! Each model has been tailored to specific lure/sinker and line ratings to allow for long hours of use without the fatigue often associated with other rods. Extra Long thick walled ferrules on the 70/ 30 split 2 piece models ensure one piece rod performance and strength while allowing for the portability of 2 piece 50/ 50 style surf rods.

Airwave Elite Surf Rods Feature:
  • High density, high fiber blank construction offers , light weight, increased sensitivity and faster shock recovery
  • Fuji reel seats and Fuji Concept K series braided line ready guides
  • Light durable diamond textured shrink vinyl grips
  • Models TSAWESS882M, TSAWESS962M , TSAWESS1062M , TSAWESS1102H are 70/30 split ferrule rods
  • Models TSAWESS932XH, TSAWESS1002XH, TSAWESS1142XH are 50/50 split ferrule rods
5 Stars based on 77 reviews
By CEP
NY
9'6" Airwave Elite - Very Smooth and Comfortable
October 12, 2020
I needed a new rod in a hurry and Tackle Direct was able to get it to me within a few days of ordering and in time for a planned weekend trip. Much thanks to them for the quick processing and shipping.
After fishing with the rod over the weekend I really enjoyed the feel of it. It casts very smooth, has nice action for a wide range of lures. I threw bucktails, darters, poppers, bottle plugs, etc and it felt nice and responsive for all. The light weight and smooth feel of the rod was very comfortable when casting for hours.
The only time I felt a little under powered was when the wind really kicked up from the incoming storm and I had a 30 knot wind running down the beach. Other than that I really enjoyed it.
ProsLightweight, responsive and smooth action.
ConsUnder powered in heavy conditions. Butt end of the rod could be a little thicker, may have to build that up with another layer of tape.
By John
Delaware
Great rod
July 17, 2020
Great rod for the money,can’t bet tsunami surf rods
By Jim
Georgia
Very happy
July 12, 2020
Great rod at a very good price. Wish i could more of them, almost impossible. Great service good delivery. Would by another if could find one.
ProsPrice, size, line weight class, well balanced.
ConsNone
By ernest h.
Chesapeake, Va
Airwave Rods are awesome!
June 17, 2020
I have been using these rods for many years and have yet to find a better value for my hard earned dollar. TDirect has the best selection anywhere and spot on delivery.
ProsOverall build quality
ConsSome rod butts are just a little too long. However, I just cut them to the perfect length and re-butt.
By Rich O.
Long Beach NY
Great surf casting pole
June 3, 2020
Been using this pole with my van staal reel, I get good distance when casting, very happy with this purchase.
By Tony
Navarre, FL
Extremely Lite
May 12, 2020
Just getting into surf fishing. Love the weight and quality of the rod. Matched it with the Ultegra CI4 5500. Seems to be a good combo for a beginner. Casts very well even though I have some technique to develop.
Proslite weight
Consnone so far
By Rick M.
Half-Moon, New York
Perfect for medium jigging
April 16, 2020
Rod is extremely well constructed, reel seat and guides are good quality!

The shorter 9'3 made casting in tight spots much easier then the 12 footer's

I caught several schoolies and a nice pike up near the Troy Ny Dam

It cast well handled jigs perfectly

Another Great buy from Tackle direct, they talking to someone on Amazon about a rod,,Ca;; these guys they fish them!
ProsPowerful Nice appearance Good Parts and the deal was right
ConsHappy
By brian
Rhode Island
Unexpected quality
February 24, 2020

Tsunami TSAWESS-932XH- this is more rod than I expected for the price. The worksmanship (thread/epoxy) is better quality than most rods in a similar price range and the 70/30 split makes the action excellent. No fish yet but it seems like the perfect weight to throw a 3 ounce plug and the rod is light enough to do it over and over.
ProsCost, quality
ConsNot a huge deal but the butt section of the rod is an odd brown color, it contrasts the rest of the quality/clean thread work.
By Pedihomes
Florida
Rod
February 12, 2020
It was a good rod. Pretty enough backbone to flip 15lb fish.
By Kenny
,
Favorite budget rod
November 18, 2019
This is a fantastic budget performance rod, it’s a 70/30 split to give it that one piece feel. The action on the 11ft is great for plugging. Casts really well within the 1-2 1/2 range
By Max A.
Nantucket, MA
9.6 the perfect rod for light plugging
July 23, 2019
I originally ordered this rod from another vendor and it arrived in a flimsy carton. First cast with a 1.5 oz Hopkins and the tip snapped. I have a hunch that it was damaged during transport and it wasn't a manufacture's defect. Since I was on my way to Nantucket, I didn't want to chance it and re-ordered from Tackle Direct. It arrived on the island in a very rigid tube in pristine condition. Hats off to Tackle Direct for the care they take in packaging.

I fished with it extensively for a week and love it. Only on a few occasions when bluefish were hitting further out did I sort of wish I'd opted for the 11' 2" but the trade off is comfort. I cast for hours and the 9' 6" was just about perfect and I never got fatigued. The 'sweet spot' is probably around 2 ounces but I was mostly throwing bombers, sluggos, and small Hopkins in the 1.5 ounce range and it loaded just fine. As for the fish, I didn't get a chance to test it against anything huge but it was definitely up to the task with stripers and blues in the 10-13 lb range. The right amount of responsiveness, sensitivity, and muscle.

I've read some reviews that complain about the thinness of the rod, but I didn't find it to be an issue at all. I think the very thin rubber grip (almost a sleeve) was perfectly comfortable and didn't dull the sensitivity when a curious bass would bump my offering.

I have quite a few rods including a G Loomis, a Tica Dolphin, and a bunch of longer/heavier rods from St Croix that I use for heavier plugs and bait. I didn't touch any of them on this trip. For the cost, I'd be hard pressed to think of a better option.
By Jim N.
New England seacoast
Tsunami 9’ 6”! Elite surfcast cast trials
July 18, 2019
Good quality rod .
Build quality ::10
Weight : moderately light
Action : stiffer than expected
Casting: (w30 lb cast king braid) strong force gives better results, heavier weights give better distances,
I will try again with 30 lb power Pro line.
Plugs tried: Diawa SP minnow 1.25 oz, 7” minnow long , yo Zuri mag darter

Will be using bucktail jigs in next test

I’ve not landed anything yet so I can only refer to videos by the guys at surf casters journal on the web.

ProsBuild quality 2 piece construction - fits inside my Mini Cooper! Nice grips Rugged construction Good value$
ConsStiffness: more than expected by this Newbury Weight: again,more than expected coming from fly fishing it seems casting rods are overbuilt compared to top of the line fly rods ... take that with a grain of salt
By Jt
Mass
Exceptional!!
June 29, 2019
Tosses lures from 2 to 6 oz with ease I use for heavy jigging and plugging on top awesome Rod If you need distance
By Alvin
Rego Park, NY
Excellent Rod 9’6”
June 2, 2019
I wanted to test this rod before I write my review...
Before that, I just want to say Kudos to tackle direct for the hassle free shipping, the rod was well packaged, couldn’t be happier... 9
I took the rod this morning to fish for some blues... the rod handled a gator blue with ease
For a 2 piece rod with a thin diameter, it has a lot of backbone..
it is light weight, sensitive and gives you the bang for your buck.
At first I was hesitant to purchase this because of the 70/30 split, but after repetitive contemplation, I pulled the trigger and purchased 1.
Couldn’t be happier.
ProsPrice
ConsI want another 1
By Philthy
Staten Island, New York
Quality product at a great price
May 3, 2019
This rod is amazing, super good for throwing lighter soft plastics. Very nice quality and price
ProsGreat Price, superior performance
ConsNone
4 Questions & 4 Answers
Jeff
from Clearwater, FL. asked:
May 1, 2019
How would a Shimano Saragosa 8000 fit on the Airwave Elite 1102M? Good balance?
1 Answer
That would pair up great 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 8, 2019

Dan
from Pa asked:
January 7, 2017
What is the line and lure rating on the TSAWESS-1102M? Also which Sheild reel would fit this rod best, the 5K or 6K?
1 Answer
The lure rating is 1-4 oz. Line rating 15-30 lb. A 5000 size reel would be the appropriate fit for this rod.
Submitted by: Devon on January 9, 2017

Ted
from MA asked:
November 15, 2016
Hi, I am looking for reel recommendations for the Tsunami TSAWESS 1102M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod. Will be using it for plugging off beaches and in cape cod canal. Was thinking of Daiwa BG but not sure what size.
1 Answer
The Shimano Ultegra 5500 would pair well with Tsunami TSAWESS 1102M Airwave Elite Surf Spinning Rod.
Submitted by: Donald on November 16, 2016

Jack
from virginia asked:
September 16, 2015
I have the tsunami 1102m and can't decide which ultegra would work best with rod.mainly would be using for 2 to 3 ounce pencils and SS little necks.5500 ci4,10000 series.
1 Answer
With that rod, I would recommend the 5500 size of that reel.
Submitted by: David on September 17, 2015

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